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Dick Gregory

Dick Gregory: An Evening of Comedy & Jazz

Saturday, June 25, 2016 7:00 PM

District of Comedy Festival

The comedy legend headlines the Terrace Theater with a special evening of comedy and jazz highlighting a common thread shared by both genres: the artist's unique ability as a storyteller.

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Dick Gregory
An Evening of Comedy and Jazz
Part of the Kennedy Center's District of Comedy Festival

Comedy legend Dick Gregory headlines the Terrace Theater with a special evening of comedy and jazz. At venues such as New York City's Village Gate in the 1960s, comedians and jazz musicians shared the same stage--Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx routinely opened for Miles Davis and Betty Carter. Paying homage to this era, the evening will highlight a common thread shared by both genres: the artist's unique ability as a storyteller. Both comedians and jazz musicians carefully craft their performances, building up to a punchline or the climax of a song to provoke audience reaction. Gregory is joined by pianist Joe Alterman, bassist Nathaniel Schroeder, and drummer Justin Chesarek.

An activist, philosopher, anti-drug crusader, comedian, author, actor, recording artist, and nutritionist, Dick Gregory first entered the national comedy scene in 1961, when Chicago's Playboy Club--as a direct request from publisher Hugh Hefner--booked him as a replacement for white comedian, "Professor" Irwin Corey. His tenure as a replacement for Corey was so successful that the Playboy Club offered him a contract extension from several weeks to three years. By 1962, Gregory had become a nationally known headline performer, selling out nightclubs, making national television appearances, and recording popular comedy albums.

Recommended for mature audiences.

Performance timing:Approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.